News about the manhandling of Fox News contributor and Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields by Donald Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski has become uglier as the day goes on, with Lewandowski responding to a photo of bruises on Fields’ arm with a number of tweets suggesting that Fields is nothing more than an “attention seeker.

The story has now reached the national media after its genesis in an angry tweet by the Daily Caller’s Jamie Weinstein, alleging that one of Donald Trump’s “thugs” had grabbed Fields from behind and nearly threw her to the floor. Fields will address the story herself in an interview to air on “Good Morning America” Friday morning.

It has taken a while, but the White House Correspondents Association has come to Field’s defense (sort of) with a big squish of an official statement.

“We have been increasingly concerned with some of the rhetoric aimed at reporters covering the presidential race and urge all candidates seeking the White House to conduct their campaigns in a manner that respects the robust back-and-forth between politicians and the press that is critical to a thriving democracy,” the statement concludes.

It’s certainly not the strongest of statements; rhetoric aimed at reporters doesn’t cause bruising, after all.